Home Federal Bank is partnering with the Cumberland Trails United Way to help some needy folks have a coat for the upcoming winter.
Ron Frazier, assistant vice president for Home Federal Bank, said the program is for all branches of Home Federal.
“The way it works, if you have an old coat that you would like to donate, just bring it in to one of the branches,” Frazier said.
According to Frazier, the coats will be distributed to people in the counties from which they are collected.
When the coats have been collected, the United Way will be responsible for distributing them.
“I don’t think we’re going to turn down anything,” said Frazier when asked what sort of coats they were looking for. “If it’s a light jacket or even a suit jacket — any type of jacket.”
Mary Wethington, chief compliance officer for Home Federal Bank and the president of the Cumberland Trails United Way, said the plan was to collect coats for approximately three weeks.
“It’s going to culminate on Nov. 14 with an event at the Middlesboro Mall,” Wethington said.
She mentioned coats will be collected at the event, dubbed “Coats for the Cold,” which will feature a performance by Jimmy Rose. The event is free to the public.
“We’re asking for good used coats, or if somebody wants to buy a new one — that’s perfectly fine, too,” said Wethington. “We’ll probably have the boxes out for a week longer after that (the Nov. 14 event) for people that still want to bring a coat in.”
The Coats for the Cold event is scheduled to run from noon-2 p.m. at the Middlesboro Mall.
Wethington explained the Coats for the Cold event is being held in Middlesboro because it is a central location for the Cumberland Trails United Way.
“Cumberland Trials United Way is in five counties, we’re in Bell, Knox, Whitley and Harlan plus Claiborne County, Tennessee,” Wethington said.
The coats will be distributed through the local United Way agencies and will be available before winter, said Wethington.
“We will probably be getting the coats to the agencies the week of Thanksgiving, possibly earlier,” Wethington said.
She mentioned it has been a few years since a Coats for the Cold event has taken place.
“Things are tough now,” said Wethington. “People are having a harder time than they’re used to…we just wanted the communities to know that we’re still there, still trying our best to put forth good effort to aid folks.”
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